Grimsby Rotary @ Noon

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Grimsby Rotary @ Noon

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
The Judge & Jester Restaurant
17 Main Street East
Grimsby, ON  L3M 1M7
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Tickets now available for this charitable fundraiser, with proceeds going to McNally House Hospice and other local community charitable causes.  This year, there will be a live band!   Includes your formal portrait, drinks, appetizers, and full-course meal.   To support, please call Carolyn at 905-945-1234
We were thrilled to host local Grimsby resident Gillian Cruz as our guest speaker on April 16th @Noon.  Gillian started by telling us about how she was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis (MS) in her early 20s, and took us through her journey of depression and treatments and trials, to the secret of living with gratitude, and the hope that she has received by participating in wheelchair tennis.   She also found that there are very few wheelchair tennis tournaments in our local region, mostly due to lack of funding.  Gillian got busy, and is working with a tournament committee to create the 2019 Janco Steel Wheelchair Tennis Classic, an international wheelchair tennis tournament to be held June 18th – 21st, 2019 in Grimsby, Ontario.  Now three local clubs, Grimsby Rotary @Noon, The Rotary Club of Grimsby, and Rotary Club of St. Catharines, are co-operating to sponsor meals for the wheelchair athletes.  
Our meeting next Tuesday April 16, 2019, will be held at a location different from our usual Judge and Jester Restaurant.  We are very pleased to have Gillian Cruz as our guest speaker next Tuesday, coming to discuss a National Wheelchair Tennis Tournament that is coming to Grimsby from Tuesday June 18th until Friday June 21st, 2019.   Grimsby resident Gillian Cruz was diagnossed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at age 23.  It has been a difficult journey since that time, and Gillian Cruz now serves as an ambassador for the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association and a spokesperson for MS in Canada.  For this reason, we will be hosting our meeting at the fully-accessible Stonehouse-Whitcomb funeral home, 11 Mountain Street, Grimsby.   
You can learn more about her journey at
Because we will be ordering in lunch, RSVP to confirm your attendance in advance is essential, and we will plan to start at 12:00 noon sharp.
You will not want to miss this meeting and hearing her story!  
RSVP today by email to:
Grimsby Rotary @Noon was thrilled to organize their 14th annual Mayor's Charity Gala, presented Feb. 23, 2019.
We were extremely pleased to have our Mayor, Jeff Jordan, speak at this event, noting that Grimsby is made better by its many volunteers working together for the community with events such as this.  Mayor Jeff Jordan is serving his first term as Mayor of the Town of Grimsby, since being  sworn into office on Dec. 3, 2018.  His political career began in 1997 and he served nine years as a town councillor for the Town of Grimsby.  Our club was pleased to host Jeff Jordan during his campaign, and to continue the long and strong relationship our club has had with the Town of Grimsby.  

This year, the headline recipient of the Gala is Gillian's Place, providing support and shelter for women and children who have experienced abuse.  Recently, Gillian's place has expanded with the goal of providing an enhanced level of service and support in West Niagara.  We also heard from Nelles Manor museum, the newest local historic site, in one of the oldest buildings in the region, who benefited from last year's Gala.

The evening began with a harpist, champaign and hors d'hoeuvres as guests began bidding on the silent auction items.  Guests enjoyed a 4 course menu at Casablanca Inn followed by dancing to some favourite tunes.

Thank you to Mayor Jeff Jordan, the town councillors, Rotarian volunteer,s and all the local businesses and individuals who sponsored, donated, or participated in this event to ensure its success.

It is a credit to our community to be able to come together and help those in need and it is most appreciated. 


Grimsby Rotary @Noon was pleased to host an event to honour this year's Paul Harris Fellowship recipient, Bob Bentley.  Bob Bentley has been volunteering in Grimsby since he was a teenage coach for hockey and baseball and has been involved in dozens of community and charitable organizations.  Bob and his wife Kim have two adult children; their son attended the ceremony and their daughter is in B.C.   Bob Bentley was an instrumental part of the team that initiated the Grimsby Community Fund at Niagara Community Foundation.  He was also able to secure donations of land so that Grimsby could host its first build in Grimsby for Habitat for Humanity, and is now working on a 3rd and 4th donation for local Habitat homes.   This month, Bob completes a 24 year run of public service, including being Town Councillor from 1994-1997, Regional Councillor from 1997-2003 and Mayor from 2003 - 2018.   For his support of our town, the Annual Mayor's Charity Gala of Grimsby Rotary @ Noon, and for living the Rotary Motto of Service above Self, we are pleased to present him with the Paul Harris Fellowship. 
Over 50 people were on hand to enjoy the festivities.    Ross McCallum acted as MC and provided a summary of Bob's contributions to the community.  Presentations came from Deputy Mayor Carolyn Mullins, past Rotary District Governors Reg Madison and Marlee Diehl, Rotary @ Noon President Carolyn Webb, on behalf of our MPP and MP.   Thank you to David Kelly on keyboard and Keith Penfold at the wine bar and Best Little Menu for catering. 
The Town of Grimsby presented Grimsby Rotary @Noon with a Civic Recognition Award in 2018 "In acknowledgement of the club's outstanding volunteer work in the Town of Grimsby."
Grimsby Rotary @Noon is pleased to present $5,000 to Nelles Manor from proceeds of the 2018 Mayor's Charity Gala!  Here the club presents the cheque to Linda and Barry Coutts.
After championing the latest Habitat for Humanity build in Grimsby, and raising cash and sponsorships, some Rotary members also contributed sweat equity!  Pictured below are those who participated in a painting day for the local build.
It was a glorious sunny day on May 18th when a large crowd gathered at the corner of Baker and Central in Grimsby, for the Key Ceremony at our newest Habitat for Humanity Niagara Build.  Championed by Grimsby Rotary @Noon, this was a community build with land donated by Vera Engel-Ricer and Sam Ricer, and major sponsors including John Deere, Grimsby Benevolent, and the Town of Grimsby, among others.   The ceremony saw speaches from Ross McCallum, representing both Rotary@Noon and Habitat, Alastair Davis, Habitat -Niagara CEO, Grimsby Mayor Bob Bentley, and Eduardo, Vanesa and their three children, the appreciative family who has contributed over 500 sweat-equity hours of work for Habitat.  
Rotary @Noon steps up to help Pathfinders attend international leadership camps.  These young women were selected to represent Canada and meet with girls and women from around the world to increase understanding and promote better communities through the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). 
Pictured below receiving funds from Grimsby Rotary @Noon members are Pathfinders from grade 8 and 9 who are preparing to go: 
Mackenzie Littler and Allison Caswel.
Grimsby Rotary @Noon was pleased to host a representative from FORT, an organization that has been expanding its centres and serving more youth in a variety of ways.  We were happy to present a cheque in support of their programs.
The 12th Annual Grimsby Rotary @Noon Mayor's Charity Gala was a huge success, and ended with a huge surprise!
District Governor Marlee Diehl greeted everyone on behalf of Rotary, and noted that the Rotary International theme for the year is "Rotary Serving Humanity".  She congratulated the small club for organizing such a big event.  The ballroom at the Casablanca Inn was full, and many local supporters and businesses contributed to as sponsors and as Silent Auction donors.  
Mayor Bob Bentley welcomed everyone on behalf of the Town, and expressed his appreciation for the work done to make this event successful, and to make our Town better.
Pat Jaskula spoke on behalf of the Grimsby Walk for Guide Dogs, the headline beneficiary of the 2016 Gala.  Under her leadership, the Grimsby Walk for Guide Dogs is one of the top 10 fundraisers of all the Guide Dog Walks in Canada.  
The 2017 Mayor's Charity Gala headline charity is Habitat for Humanity Niagara, who is building for a 2nd time in Grimsby.  Grimsby Rotaray @ Noon sponsored the first Habitat home in Grimsby, which was built on Main Street about six years ago.  Last October Habitat announced a second home is being build at the corner of Central Avenue and Baker Road, on donated land from Vera Engel-Ricer and her son David Engel of Dorchester Homes.  This home is now framed in, and Habitat is looking for volunteers to do interior and landscape work.  Habitat -Niagara also announced they are in the process of building a Re-Store on Grimsby's South Service Road, and they are very excited to be working with the community to bring used home renovation and furnishings to the area, and will be seeking volunteers to work at the Re-Store when it opens this year.  
The surprise announcement of the evening was when LJM Developments CEO Liaquat Mian announced the company will be donating a condo unit in the next phase of the Waterview Condominiums project to Habitat for Humanity Niagara.  Mian received a standing ovation for his announcement at the Gala.  
Grimsby Rotary @Noon appreciates all who attended or who supported this event in any way.  
Pictured above:  Mayor Bob Bentley, LJM CEP iaquat Mian, Rotarian Carolyn Webb, Habitat-Niagara CEO Alastair Davis
Photo Credit:  Grimsby Lincoln News
Page 1 and 2 of our May 2016 news special.
There are three Rotary Clubs in West Niagara:  the Rotary Club of Grimsby meets in the evening, the Rotary Club of Lincoln has breakfast meetings, and the Rotary of Grimsby @Noon meets for Lunch.  Rotary's 2015-16 international theme is "Be a Gift to the World".  Our three west Niagara Clubs collaborated to put together this 4 page news insert showing what Rotary has given to the world!  Check out what our local clubs have done in the areas of Community Service, Youth Service, International Service, and Club Fellowship.  Contact any of the three West Niagara Clubs, come to an event, or drop in and join one of our meetings!
News Now was in attendance along with a over 140 participants in the Grimsby Rotary @Noon Charity Gala 2016.  Proceeds from this year's event were raised for the Grimsby Walk for Guide Dogs.  Pictured on the cover story are the Mayor, his wife, and a few of our Gala Committee Members.  
Grimsby Rotary @Noon is sponsoring a 4-person team to compete in Pelham Mudfest Challenge 2016.  This is a 6 km obstacle course at Bissell's Hideaway Resort on May 14th. All proceeds raised will support the End Polio Now campaign.  Pictured is President Amy Dancer presenting a $260 cheque to Frank Adamson of the Rotary Club of Fonthill.  Contact Grimsby Rotary @Noon if you would like to participate.
Rotary Grimsby @Noon is continuing to do BIG things!
November is Rotary Foundation month, and we were pleased to learn that there are now only 2 countries in the world that have not stopped transmission of polio:  Pakistan and Afghanistan.  The World Health Organization (WHO) announced in 2015 that Nigeria is now polio-free.  Polio is paralyzing and crippling disease, and has no cure.  However, it can be prevented through immunization and clean water and waste treatment.  Rotary International continues its 28 year campaign to #EndPolioNow.
Through our support of Rotary Foundation, our local club is eligible to apply for Rotary District Grants -- more on that later!
Grimsby Rotary@Noon is preparing for its Annual Mayor's Charity Gala, to be held Feb. 20, 2016.  This year proceeds from this event will be directed to the Grimsby Walk for Guide Dogs.  On Nov. 24th, our club was pleased to host three people who spoke on behalf of this organization:  Pat Jaskula, of Canadian Tire, who organizes this Walk, Steve McDonnell, and his seeing-eye dog, and Don Tadeson, a resident who raises guide dogs.  Grimsby is a strong participant in the program to train guide dogs, who can be used to help individuals with various services. 
On December 1st, we again had a good crowd in attendance at our noon meeting, and we heard the classification talk of one of our newer members, Shaun Adams, Grimsby Branch Manager, Meridian Credit Union.
Now is the time to be involved!  Get the word out about our upcoming Charity Gala, as we are now seeking sponsorships, silent auction items, and selling tickets.
For our final Tuesday noon meeting before Christmas, Tuesday Dec. 22,  the Judge n Jester will be serving us a turkey dinner with all the trimmings - so be sure to come for this fellowship time!
Grimsby Rotary @Noon heard reports this week from the two local students we sponsored to attend SLAPSHOT leadership training! Blessed Trinity seniors Laura Franciosa and Joslyn Galloway were selected to participate with teens from across the Best of Friends Rotary District 7090 in this weekend of inspirational speakers and team-building exercises in Ancaster, Ontario.
                                                                                                                           Photo Credit:  Mark Dawson, Grimsby Lincoln News
Grimsby Rotary @Noon was extremely pleased to be able to present a Paul Harris award again this year to a community volunteer that lives our motto of "Service Above Self".  Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary and members of the club must have collectively contributed US$1,000 to the Rotary Foundation for the privilege of recognizing a person in this way.  
This year, Grimsby Rotary @Noon is happy to present the Paul Harris award to Marion Thorp, General Manager of Grimsby Benevolent Fund (GBF), and long-time community volunteer.  Many staff, volunteers and family attended to share the celebration!  Speeches and certificates were presented from GBF Executive Director Stacey Elia, Grimsby Mayor Bob Bentley, Regional Councillor Tony Quirk and Linda Arbuckle, representing MP Dean Alison.
Rotary's District Governor Jack Amico and his wife attended and Jack spoke of the wonderful benefits of Lighting up Rotary in our communities.
Thanks to Norm Beal and Peninsula Ridge for helping our club provide wine and delicious appetizers. The atmosphere was enhanced with cocktail music on the keyboard played by David Kelly and by Rotary Exchange Student Joanne Kuo of Taiwan.
What a happy celebration!
Garry Brown, past Paul Harris award recipient, with Marion Thorp, 2015 recipient; click for more photos!

Grimsby Rotary at Noon has had a busy fall so far.  We have heard from three mayoral candidates at recent meetings.  We were also involved in a very successful Doors Open Grimsby.  Please check the information about the upcoming Buffalo Bash under the Events section.  Please plan to attend the meetings as we have more speakers coming in the following weeks -  Grimsby Conservation Club ( and Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers (  As always, if you know of a group that would like to present to us, please invite them to speak.   Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!



Come out and meet our new exchange students!

Gabo Melgarejo Yugovich  (Paraguay)


Joanne Kuo (Taiwan)


When:   Thursday, September 25TH at 6pm

Where:  Casablanca Winery Inn

Who:  Rotary Club of Grimsby and Grimsby at Noon members and their spouses.  Past exchange students to be invited as well. 

Appetizers will be served through the evening.  Cost is $22.00 pp.

Please RSVP to Jeanette Murphy ( by Sept. 20th

I hope to see many of you in attendance!!!!



A great time was had by all at our successful year-end BBQ. 

Special appreciation to outgoing President Elaine Kelly for all of your hard work. 

Thank-you to all who attended and contributed to the BBQ and to Brian and Sandy Glynn for hosting the event.

On Thursday May 27th, we were thrilled to host a special event to honour Pat Jaskula with the Paul Harris award at Peninsula Ridge Winery.  We wanted to recognize and celebrate the passion and commitment Pat has made through recent years with the Walk for Guide Dogs and her golf tournament for service dogs.  Through the  contributions Pat and her husband Ron have made with the Guide Dogs projects as well as through their Canadian Tire sponsorships they have truly changed lives in our local community.  It was a thrill to have so many of their family in attendance, as well as their staff, local dignitaries, past Paul Harris recipients, Rotary and community leaders and guests.  Thank you all for making this evening so special for Pat!Image

More than just man’s best friend

Work with dog guides, myriad of other charities, nets Pat Jaskula the Paul Harris Award

Grimsby Lincoln News

Pat Jaskula, co-owner of the Canadian Tire in Grimsby, was named a Paul Harris award winner by Rotary at Noon. The award is given to community members who give back in a significant way to charity. Jaskula supports many worthy causes, among them the Purina Walk for Dog Guides, which is set to take place on May 25.


GRIMSBY – For Pat Jaskula it all started as a way to cope with the loss of her two pet dogs.

Five years ago the co-owner of the Grimsby Canadian Tire needed something to fill the void after her two pets died. And it was local resident Steve McDonnell who gave her the inspiration to get involved with dog guides.

“He’s just the most amazing man,” Jaskula said of McDonnell.

McDonnell, well known in the community for his work preparing dog guides, would often come into the Canadian Tire store in order to get the young dogs acclimated to people and the public.

“I thought, I have to put this energy someplace,” she said.

A short while later she had raised enough money, $20,000 with the help of the Jumpstart program, to have a dog trained to help an autistic child in Okatakes, Alb. Jaskula went to the dog’s graduation ceremony, when it was handed off to the mother of the autistic child.


“It’s heartwarming,” she said about the graduation. “When you see the people who are receiving the dogs, you know it’s important to do what you do.”

From there, Jaskula and a few committee volunteers, including McDonnell, helped revive the local walk for dog guides. The Lions club had previously organized the walk, but that fell by the wayside as the Lions members retired.

And it was that commitment to dog guides, as well as the litany of other groups and charities Jaskula supports, that netted her the Paul Harris Award from Rotary at Noon. Rotary clubs hand out the award to residents who give back to charities in a meaningful and substantial way.

Now, with preparations underway for the fourth annual walk since Jaskula and company revived it, organizers are looking to once again grow what is already an impressive event.

Last year the Grimsby walk finished 11th among the 202 that took place throughout the country, raising $12,000 locally. That placed them among cities like Kitchener-Waterloo, Oakville, and Calgary. This year the goal is $15,000.

“What they (the dogs) can do amazes me,” said Jaskula.

The dogs aren’t just for the visually impaired. People with hearing or visual impairments, special needs such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or even diabetes can utilize dog guides.

Diabetes alert dogs are the latest advancement.

“They wake them (the patient) when the smell that their sugars are low,” she said.

The Grimsby walk takes place May 25. It starts outside the Canadian Tire plaza on Livingston Ave. with registration at 12 p.m. and the walk at 1 p.m. There’s a short circuit and a long circuit for walkers. Once they return there will be a barbecue, prizes and raffles.

To get involved, visit, and search for the Grimsby walk. You don’t have to participate to donate, and can also stop by the day of the walk to donate.

Despite her passion for dog guides, Jaskula supports a wide variety of groups. That includes Big Brother Big Sisters, the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Fire Department, YMCA, Grimsby Benevolent Fund, McNally House, local school fundraisers, sports teams and the list goes on.


Awards handed out May 29

For those who want to help honour Jaskula for her Paul Harris Award win, or who just want to have a nice evening, can come out to the presentation on May 29.

The event takes place at Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery and gets underway at 7 p.m. It features wine and cheese and will take place in the coach house.

Tickets are $25 apiece and can be purchased by calling Carolyn Webb at 905-945-7039. Rotary at Noon also encourages all former Paul Harris Award winners to come out and share in the celebration.


Welcome to the Grimsby Rotary@Noon website!

Due to COVID-19, in-person meetings are cancelled until further notice.  

Watch for Ontario to lift the State of Emergency and permit restaurants to re-open for in-house dining. 


We meet every Tuesday at Noon to share ideas about improving our community and our world.  Like other Rotary clubs, we are a Non Profit Organization with volunteers working for social welfare and civic improvement.  Come as often as you can, and invite a Guest!  Let us know if you know of someone who would like to make a presentation to our club!

To support our major fundraiser, the Mayor's Charity Gala, you may mail your cheque to 155 Main Street East Unit 4A Suite 122 Grimsby Ontario L3M 1P2 or email:

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